Monday, March 30, 2009

RootsMagic 4 Certified for Temple Trips and Ordinance Reservation

RootsMagic becomes First Desktop Genealogy Software to Reserve and Print LDS Temple Ordinances Using New FamilySearch

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 30, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. announced the immediate availability of an update to their RootsMagic 4 genealogy software which is now FamilySearch certified for both temple ordinance reservation and temple trips. RootsMagic 4 is the first- and currently the only- desktop genealogy software to offer these features and certifications.

Ordinance Reservation Certified

As an “Ordinance Reservation Certified” application, RootsMagic 4 has the ability to link people in your desktop genealogy file with matching people on the New FamilySearch website. Once linked, RootsMagic 4 makes it easy to share data between your personal file and New FamilySearch. By simply clicking on the temple icon next to a person’s name, you are shown that person's official temple ordinances, complete with dates, temple names, and status. You may then reserve any incomplete ordinances that you wish to perform in the future or update your own file with ordinances which are already completed.

Temple Trip Certified

As a “Temple Trip Certified” application, RootsMagic 4 can create “Temple Trips” from any ordinances which you previously reserved through New FamilySearch. You select which reserved ordinances you wish to print ordinance cards for and RootsMagic will print a paper with a barcode on it known as a Family Ordinance Request (FOR). You simply take the paper to the temple and a worker will scan the barcode, printing off all the desired ordinance cards. Once the ordinances are completed, RootsMagic will update their status in your personal file.

“We’re very excited to be the first to work with FamilySearch in this important work,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “Our mission is, ‘Family History Made Easy’, and that is exactly what this is. To submit and track temple ordinances used to be a long, complicated process involving many files and floppy disks. Together with FamilySearch, we’ve been able to simplify it to a few clicks and a single, printed page.”

New FamilySearch Made Easy

RootsMagic also simplifies other tasks when working with New FamilySearch. Recently, RootsMagic 4 received awards for “Easiest to Sync” and “Best Dashboard” at the 2009 FamilySearch Developer Awards. Video tutorials, demonstrating how easy it is to work with New FamilySearch using RootsMagic 4 are available at

Free Trial Available

A free trial version of RootsMagic 4 is available at The trial version allows a person to import their data, add information, and play with RootsMagic’s major features without any time limitation. “We’re so excited about this new release, we wanted to give everyone a risk-free option to try it for themselves,” said Buzbee.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic 4 using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read data using the popular GEDCOM format.

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

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Source: RootsMagic, Inc.


Anonymous said...

I sure enjoyed your blog when you wrote your own articles instead of only republishing others'.

Anonymous said...

Great news! This is a VERY exciting event. RootsMagic rocks!

Michael said...


I really do enjoy your blog. I have learned so much over the years. But I would have to agree with the comment from anonymous. You seem to have turned into a paid cheerleader for Roots Magic.

There are many other good software applications for both windows and mac but you never seem to spend any time cheering them on.

It is a little disappointing and is affecting your credibility and objectivity. It would be nice to have the old Renee back.

Remember what happened to Meridian Magazine when they turned into a sales promoter.

Jud Wooters said...

Michael, how often do you read Renee's Blog? She posts up to date news on most of the popular software solutions. You may have noticed that RootsMagic just came out with a new version ... why is it unfair that she notice that? The count from the "labels" column is really not that uneven:

ancestral quest - 10
family tree maker - 2
legacy - 9
paf insight - 8
rootsmagic - 16
TMG - 2

So, if you have a better quota system, maybe you could suggest it. Why should a BLOG be objective anyways? It's her BLOG.